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Zippo: warmth in the palm of your hands

The winter essential you need to wrap your hands around. There could not be a better time for this handy little warmer to make an entrance into your life. If you thought that a decent pair of gloves were enough to protect your hard-working hands from this winter onslaught, you’ll quickly learn just how wrong you were. Despite being layered up against the biting wind, hands remain stubbornly stone-cold which is why you need an active source of heat to combat the chill. The Zippo hand warmer is one of the best there is. It’s large enough to provide almost instant relief for cold hands but is still slim enough to fit into your pocket for safe-keeping. You do need to purchase a bottle of lighter fluid to use as fuel but a little plastic dispenser is included with the hand warmer to help you fill it up. Once you’ve replaced the burner top, run the flame of a lighter across both sides of the burner until the indicator turns red to kick-start the heat, …

Artistic licence: Christmas stocking fillers

Artistic licence. Arty Christmas gifts. Fenella Smith Dogs Trust Notepad A special place to keep your notes (and doodles). And you can rest assured that for each pad you get through, 25% of the sale will go to the Dogs Trust, so scribble to your heart’s content. £8.50, fenellasmith.com The Mindfulness Colouring and Activity Book Need a little help unwinding during the madness of the holidays? Grab your colouring pencils and shade in the intricate doodles or let just your mind run freely through the word puzzles. By Gill Hasson and Gilly Lovegrove. £8.99, published by Capstone MeriMeri Santa and Reindeer Crackers Add more fun to the festivities with a six-pack of these brilliant cartoon-like Christmas crackers. You’ll get your joke and toy and you’ll be pleased with the silver foil hat upgrade too. £17.50, scp.co.uk Karma Cola Fun and arty on the outside, with Fairtrade and organic ingredients on the inside. This may be the first time you’ll drink cola and actually feel good for it. Oh, and it’s pretty darn tasty too. £1.59, …

Instant Gratification: Christmas stocking fillers

Christmas gifts for ravenous chocolate fiends. Carluccio’s Chocolate Trees Silky smooth and each one individually hand-decorated, these milk, white and dark chocolate trees do look far too good to eat. We give it 10 seconds… £8.95, carluccios.com Lindt x Thomas Sabo Chocolate Bear The treats that come housed in this limited edition gift are two-fold. You get to devour a 500g chocolate bear and then you can show off the beautiful Thomas Sabo charm that accompanies it. £125, selfridges.com PAUL Bûche Chalet Eat this one whilst it’s fresh and admire the handiwork through your taste buds. After all, who can resist layers of almond biscuit and gianduja mousse topped with a praline pastry roof? From £3.95, paul-uk.com Flowercard Tea for Two Chocolates Love tea? Or even more fitting, love chocolate? This tin of edible cups, cupcakes, teapots and spoons is perfect for showing off when guests come round for tea. £21, flowercard.co.uk    

Surround yourself with Christmas home comforts

Christmas home comforts. Turn your house into a show-off home. Bloom & Wild Christmas Tree This may be one of the cleverest Christmas gifts yet. Slim enough to fit through your letterbox, simply pop up the canvas pot, unfurl the miniature pine tree and slip on the shiny baubles and star. It’s tree-shopping made easy – perfect for those short on time but keen to join in on the festivities. £25, bloomandwild.com Wooden Bulldog Table Lamp Here’s something that won’t fail to lighten your mood. Once pieced together, this brilliantly fun wooden lamp is your ideal conversation starter. Switch it on and watch its belly glow. Look a bit closer and you might spot the cheeky little bone in there too. £40, iconiclights.co.uk The Labrador Company Labrador Clock Who would have thought clock-watching could bring such joy? You’ll enjoy counting down the seconds with each wag of the dog’s tail and with a bit of clever placement, you could have a set-up that’ll amuse guests time and time again. £45, thelabradorcompany.co.uk MiPow Playbulb Candle Fill …

Tech it up with the best Christmas gadgets

Christmas gadgets. When style meets technology. Beats By Dre Solo2 Luxe Enjoy your tunes with studio-like clarity and look good whilst doing so. This sleek, glossy new colourway will see to that. Solid, comfortable and compact, this pair of headphones is music to our ears. £169.95, beatsbydre.com UE Boom 2 Create the perfect party atmosphere wherever you lay this down. The Bluetooth pillar speaker provides thumping 360-degree sound for up to 15 hours and is so durable it will continue to blast your playlist uninterrupted however riotous the party gets. Come rain, sun or snow, here’s one speaker you can rely on all year-round. £169, ultimateears.com Jawbone UP3 A style statement in its own right, this rather fetching activity tracker holds a wealth of vital statistics to help encourage better fitness habits. Use the app to monitor your heart rate at any given time as well as your daily calorie burn. It’s the perfect wellness kick-starter come the New Year. £129.99, jawbone.com De’Longhi Dedica Whether an espresso, cappuccino or latte, this super-sleek coffee machine lets …

Raise your glass to the best Christmas tipples

Christmas drinks. One for every day of the week. And then some. Moët & Chandon So Bubbly Jeroboam What a way to make champagne even more special. We envy the lucky so-and-so who has the pleasure of receiving this limited edition bottle which features a solid 18-carat gold seal, a gold-plated, engraved bubble label and an equally golden tie to match. £1,000, Selfridges Disaronno wears Roberto Cavalli The flamboyant animal print that adorns this bottle marks the third design collaboration between the brand and a famed Italian fashion house. Roberto Cavalli has this year’s honour and in turn has created a pretty stylish collectable for those able to get their well-manicured hands onto it. £22, harveynichols.com Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge Le Café Parisien Resplendent in vibrant red and gold, this gorgeous bottle brings a touch of French class whilst the goods housed within ensures a good time all-round. An ideal gift for those nifty in the kitchen as well as the bar – just add a splash to a gooey chocolate pudding or use it …

Head-to-toe pampering beauty sets

Christmas Beauty. Because when you look good, you feel good. Champneys Heavenly Days Relaxing Collection An aptly named gift set, this trio has the essentials to help you wind down in style. Have a quick lather if you’re short on time or sink into a warm, fragrant bath during the colder nights. Either way, slather on the floral-laced body butter to soothe tired and parched skin. £18, champneys.com Morris & Co Fruits Hand Wash and Lotion Everybody needs a helping hand at Christmas. With a host of nourishing oils, this duo leaves hard-working hands thoroughly clean yet wonderfully soft. A decorative addition to the bathroom and guaranteed to an invigorating fruity finish. £22, heathcote-ivory.com Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Completely Exquisite This cleverly curated four-piece haircare set should see you into the New Year with head-turning results. The shampoo and intensive conditioning treatment ensures hair is hydrated and strong from the inside, whilst the styling mousse and shine spray adds weatherproof volume and a glossy, healthy finish. £66, paul-mitchell.co.uk Korres Guava Collection Dark winter mornings …

Light it up: Anglepoise x Paul Smith

Bring light, style and a flash of fun into any room with this Paul Smith-designed Anglepoise lamp. Subdued shades of grey, blue, green and purple are conducive to a cool and calm working atmosphere whilst the orange accent brings a spark of energy when levels are lagging. And of course, you get the usual high quality construction and freedom of movement that comes with an Anglepoise lamp. This should help get all your bright ideas flowing in next to no time. Anglepoise + Paul Smith Type 75 Desk Lamp, Edition Two. £160, anglepoise.com

10 Most Wanted

10 covetable products you need to have in your life right now WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Clear out your umbrella collection to make way for this stunner. Yes, we know it’s summer but you know how the weather likes to rain on the parade. But there’s no need to be glum when it does. This brolly features a paradisiacal beach scene right around the inner canopy, so no matter which way you turn, you’ve always got a magnificent view that transports you to more tropical climes instantly. (Where I’d Rather Be umbrella. £29.99, whereidratherbe.co.uk) PLEASE REMAIN SEATED It doesn’t matter that you’ve never cared much about where you end up perching but we challenge you to prise yourself away from this armchair once you’ve curled up onto it. Be prepared to give daggers at the slightest suggestion that anyone else take the seat. (Kolton armchair. £449, made.com) SKETCH ON DEMAND If you’ve ever wanted to be immortalised in a piece of art, this app is a pretty good place to start. Simply snap a full-length …

Heart-shaped Valentine’s Day treats

When words fail you, nothing says it better than a heart-shaped gesture, so here’s our pick of some of the tastiest gifts available for Valentine’s Day. Pierre Marcolini Love Addict Collection £38 (for 36 hearts), Selfridges If this rainbow of chocolate hearts doesn’t brighten up your day, nothing will. There are six irresistible flavours to indulge in from lime, passion fruit and nougat to pistachio, raspberry and salted caramel. Hotel Chocolat The Love Birds £26, hotelchocolat.com Here’s a heart that’s made for breaking. Weighing in at 650g, this pretty chocolate heart is made from salted caramel chocolate on one half and 50% milk praline chocolate with crispy feuilletine flakes on the other. Which side will you take a bite out of first? “Heart to share” dessert at Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester Available as part of the Valentine’s Day menu (from £95), alainducasse-dorchester.com This stunning dessert for two is the perfect way to round off a romantic meal. It has been skillfully created and features decadent layers of chocolate mousse, praline feuilleté and passion fruit …